Direct normal irradiation-based approach for determining potential regions for concentrated solar power installations in Morocco

Houda Ennaceri, Abdellatif Ghennioui, Abdelilah Benyoussef, Ahmed Ennaoui, Asmae Khaldoun

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In this study, potential sites for concentrated solar power (CSP) installations in Morocco are investigated based on direct normal irradiation (DNI). The DNI data of four Moroccan sites (Missour, Erfoud, Zagora and Tantan) were collected from different satellite databases (NASA SSE, PV GIS-Helioclim, Climate-SAF PVGIS and Solar Med Atlas). However, it is required to mitigate the risks resulting from uncertainties of satellite-based irradiation data by combining satellite data to ground measurements of at least 1 year. The ground-measured data reported in this work are collected from MHP and MDI meteorological stations installed by IRESEN in collaboration with DLR and ONEE in the framework of the enerMENA project. The Liu and Jordan and the Collares Pereira and Rabl models were also used to determine the monthly and yearly average hourly DNI values. The results of this study suggest that Missour, Erfoud and Zagora represent potential sites for CSP power plants installations, except for Tantan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Ambient Energy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 20 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • Concentrated solar power (CSP)
  • direct normal irradiation (DNI)
  • solar assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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